There is the thread about the sound processor that is supposed to make your audio sound better... the processor that *I* think alters the signal based on the frequency response of average human hearing. That got me to thinking about this.. and I ended up at the *ultimate* customized sound system... we need to get some venture capitalists to venture some capital and get our startup company going.
So... you have your average audio/videophile that has some serious money to spend and doesn't mind spending it... there are certainly more than a few of you here. Our company goes into his listening room and measures the in-room frequency response of his speakers, also measures the person's hearing. We then, using those graphs, customize the transfer function of our piece of proprietary gear so it alters the signal in such a way so that the combination of the in-room response, his specific hearing, and our gear produce flat 20-20k for that *specific* person in his favorite listening position. Given the luxury status of such a product, I think it safe to assume the guy already has speakers that will work with this, or he's willing to buy them.
For instance.. say the speakers are essentially flat from 30hz-40hz... but the person's hearing is beginning to decline... so, our transfer function boosts that range to compensate for the loss of hearing, and brings what the person hears back to flat. Any inroom peaks or dips, combined with the person's hearing, could similarly be tamed by our alteration.
The customization possibilities are endless... selectable transfer functions for music vs. HT if the owner wants it... a setting tailored to the spouse.. a compromise setting for the owner and spouse in case they're listening together... a late-night feature that is better and more specific than a receiver's basic dynamic range adjustment.
I suppose Bose does the nickel version of this with the 901s.. using equalization to try to produce an acceptable response from a group of small drivers. This plan takes that to the ultimate customized conclusion, AND is not strapped with reliance on small speakers.. we can use whatever we want including big-ass woofers.
So... are we to be rich, or is there a problem?